Health Notes


January 17, 2007

Daffodil purchase aids Cancer Society

Anne Arundel County has set a goal of raising $100,000 in American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign, which began last week.

Participants can purchase a bunch of daffodils for $10, or add a Hugh R. Hope stuffed bear for a total of $20. Proceeds benefit cancer research, education programs and patient services. Last year residents, school system employees and county workers contributed $84,844. The program, which runs through the middle of February, raised nearly $350,000 statewide last year.

The cancer rate in Anne Arundel County is higher than the state average and is the leading cause of death.

Healthy lifestyles to be discussed

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering classes on the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Classes for adults focus on healthy eating habits, lifestyle adjustments and physical activity.

All events will be held at the Sajak Pavilion in the second-floor classrooms.

Jan, 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - "Food for Life Balance" will explore the interaction of food with the body, the spirit, movement and laughter. Program will identify the benefits of eating locally, seasonally and organically. Workshop includes food preparation instruction.

Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - "Active Living Every Day" is a 14-week program on Tuesdays to help participants gain a better understanding of their own health behaviors.

Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - A neuromuscular integrative action class combines dance, yoga and martial arts for total body conditioning and cardio workout.

Information: 443-481-4000.

Flu vaccine available at 3 health centers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide flu vaccines, including shots and FluMist nasal vaccine, to residents on the following dates:

Fridays this month - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W., 410-222-6633.

Tuesdays - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road. 410-222-6660.

Wednesdays - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (also as well as Tuesday next week and Jan. 29) at the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. 410-222-7247.

Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Appointments are not necessary.

Information: 410-222-4896 or

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